Three Nerds in a Basement

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 226

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, we tell some personal stories, discuss the big Star Wars announcements from SWCA, the Batman v Superman trailer, Athena’s ASS, Daredevil, Diablo III, Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, Bloodborne 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 225

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, we discuss... Honestly, I can’t even remember. I know there’s something about ‘toys to life”, Image comics and videogames but I don’t know the specifics. Hopefully you’re entertained anyways?

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

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TNIAB Reviews - Far Cry 4

Author: Anthony Fallucco
Twitter: @Killroycantkill

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The Far Cry series has changed dramatically over the years. The original was pretty much cult PC hit, number 2 had really interesting gameplay features like degrading weapons, weapon jamming, and fire spreading mechanics. Far Cry 3 went for a more mainstream approach by focusing on the single player story and introduced us to the psychopath, Vaas that everyone loves to hate. While Far Cry 4 on the other hand is the first game to introduce nothing really new or noteworthy to a sequel in the franchise. It’s the safest play the Ubisoft could have made, and it is made more disappointing than usual because of the stagnant state of videogames at this point in time.

The game takes place in Kyrat, which is pretty much a fictional take on Nepal. You take the role of new comer Ajay Ghale; a young man who wants to simply visit the country to spread his recently deceased mother’s ashes in the place of her birth. But obviously, things can’t go as planned. Shortly into the story, you meet the games antagonist, Pagan Min. A loveable, but oh so evil dictator of the country who totally doesn’t realize that stabbing someone to death with a fountain pen is a messed up thing to do. Ajay has to team up with a rebel faction called the Golden Path in order to take down Pagan Min and change the country of Kyrat forever. The story sounds pretty interesting on paper but I felt it hit pretty much all the same notes at Far Cry 3’s story. Young man who knows nothing of the region must gather all the courage to mold a country or future in a way he seems fit and take down the high functioning sociopath who’s tormenting him throughout the journey. It was really hard to get those similarities out of my head, but if you haven’t played the previous entry in the series, or just force yourself to forget everything that happened last time the story is very enjoyable.

There are points within the story where you have to make choices about which one of the two leaders in the Golden Path will have control until you hit your next story mission roadblock. And in the beginning these don’t seem like that big of a deal but depending on your choice it can really change up what’s happening in the back fourth of the game. Story missions are pretty straight forwards but the side missions are where a lot of the fun with Far Cry 4 happen. Side missions like hunting, races, survival modes, taking down outposts, a battle arena where you fight through waves of enemies both human and animal and even traversing Shangri-la and fighting off demons.

All of these great side missions are complimented by a very refined gameplay system that allows you to choose if strapping heavy machine guns and rocket launchers to you side is your style, or maybe take the stealth approach and silently dispatch your foes with a bow and arrow or silenced weapons. It controls in a refined way that only a big developer like Ubisoft can do. You’ll be running on foot, flying through the air with hang-glides or using your wingsuit, and even driving feel great with cars having appropriate weight to them. It makes Far Cry 4 so enjoyable to play that it makes me forget that I feel like a monster having to kill 5 rhinos to make a single wallet.

Far Cry 4 also has some multiplayer modes in the form of co-op and 5 versus 5 online matches. The co-op is a very fun experience especially when playing with friends. It changes up the dynamics of certain side missions and the way you take over outposts. While the competitive portion of the multiplayer is something that didn’t need to be included in the game. The maps are quarantined areas of the open world map and, just overall, it isn’t that fun to play or what I come to the Far Cry series for.

While Far Cry 4 is a very fun game, it leaves a bad taste in my mouth for how similar it is too Far Cry 3 in a lot of respects. The story hits most of the same points that Far Cry 3 did, to the point of it almost feeling like some sort of alternate reality. And that what bums me out, it just feels like a better version of something I’ve already experienced. Rather than in the previous game where every sequel felt new and exciting. It leaves me with a split conclusion which I don’t like to have with reviews. If you’ve never played Far Cry 3, picking this game up will be a great experience for you. But if you’ve already played it, like I have, it’s not a game you need to play.

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 224 - Furious 7

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, we review the movie Furious 7. There’s also a lot of other, less important things discussed. Enjoy!

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

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 223 - Gundam The Origin OVA 1

It’s episode 223 of the TNIAB Podcast and the tea, sit down to discuss the first entry into the new Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin OVA series! Other topics mentioned include 007 Spectre, Deadpool movie, Ryan Reynolds, PS4 Patch, Monster Hunter Roller Coasters, Far Cry 4, Bloodborne, Fast & Furious Forza Horizon, Magic The Gathering self improvement books and much, 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 222

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, it’s Vince’s Birthday! And that’s all that matters. Okay, we do manage to talk about some other stuff too.

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

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 221

p style="text-align: justify;">On this week’s TNIAB Podcast, it’s just Vince and Anthony on the show as Blaven’s out competing MTG in Cleveland. So with that in mind, we decide to experiment with the recording! Hopefully things turned out well...

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

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 220

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast we cover the latest Avengers trailer, Magic spoilers, announcements from GDC and PAX, Shaman King, Shirobako, and more. Then we finish off the episode with a special one-off segment of getting to know the cast a little bit better.

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

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Reivew - Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

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Author: Anthony Fallucco
Twitter: @Killroycantkill
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Monster Hunter has always been one of those that I never have a hard time pitching to friends based on its core concept of hunting giant monsters with cool weapons. But once they learn it’s not all smashing face 100% of the time they lose interest. And that’s a shame because they’re missing out on some of the most fun you can have playing videogames with your friends. Monster Hunter 4 takes what it has already perfected; hunting, and tries to guide new players through some of the more confusing aspects like gathering and collecting materials. It is by far, not only the best Monster Hunter game to date, but also the best for people just trying to get into the series.

A misconception people have about Monster Hunter going into it is that it’s purely an action game, when really the game is best described as a “hunting” game. Every time you set on an adventure to take out one of those iconic dragons like Rathian or Tigrex you have to be prepared. Being prepared means having your potions ready, having the right type of armor, using a weapon with the right element that the monster you’re facing is weak against. A lot of these processes can be very daunting when you’re just starting out with the game, and a lot of information to have to take in all at once. But Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate has done a great job of explaining these type of nuances for beginner players, but also has a sense of humour through this for veteran players shown in the writing. These are done by the beginning tutorial quests which guide you down everything from combining items to make stronger potions and quests for every single weapon type in the game. These are a great addition because in previous games when you wanted to try a weapon you most likely stuck to that one because you weren’t sure if you’d really like the other types.

Story in Monster Hunter games have usually been pretty lack luster. You are an up and coming hunter with a lot of promise. Starting out from humble beginnings, you turn into the towns hero by defeating a prophesized elder dragon or town ending event. It’s pretty much the same deal in Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate but the reason it stands out more are because of two things. First off, this time instead of being a lone badass, you’re traveling with a caravan full of characters across multiple town maps. Slowly over the course of the game, these NPCs you’re traveling from town to town with become more like a family rather than soulless quest givers and armorers. It adds so much to the story that you’re surrounded by character you actually enjoy that it puts the previous stories to shame. And this is accomplished by the second reason the story is so great, the translation job done by 8-4 Play. The reason these characters have so much life to them is the amazing translation and localization. You can tell that they were given some sort of creative freedom when translating or the writing this time around was lighter hearted than the previous games. Previous entries usually had a more serious, end of the world type of tone to it. It makes for a more fun experience overall. I felt the serious tone of the previous games didn’t fit a setting where a human wearing monster armor could take down a creature which could summon thunder and lightning at will.

MH4U has become a little faster and has more focus on verticality of stages with its gameplay. You still have all the staple weapons like Great Sword, Hammer, Gunlance and the like. But the difference here is that a lot of these weapons have new attacks or new combos. This is very apparent in the form of jumping attacks. As mentioned verticality is a big feature in this game, and it is shown in the stages, and the improvements made to the climbing and jumping systems. Stages are also littered with little ledges you are able to catch some “sick air” off of, and bring down death upon your monster foes. While some of the bigger weapons all have the same kind of massive single slash kind of falling moves, lighter and faster weapons like the Dual Blades have follow up combos while in the air giving you more attack versatility. Aside from the staples, the Switch Axe returns from Tri and there is an addition of two new weapons, the Insect Glaive and the Charge Blade. Both weapons are very unique in style and really are aimed more towards the Monster Hunter veterans as they are hard to use and master, but offer amazing benefits. The Insect Glaive is a totally unique weapons that has the ability to jump at will by using it like a pole vaulting stick, and your little buddy called a Kinsect that comes with the weapon is able to steal power from monsters and give it to you. The Charge Blade has a lot more in common with the Switch Axe, since they are both transforming weapons and use vials to upgrade their power. But it also has its own slew of advanced techniques like “Guard Point” which during certain animations in certain attacks, not only are you able to auto guard a monsters attack but in addition, reflect the damage back at the monster. Each weapon has such unique ways of playing and a lot of advanced strategies that facing a monster with different weapons feels like a completely new experience.

While one of the best ways to play Monster Hunter is in the same room with friends using their local multiplayer feature, sometimes that just isn’t a possibility. Luckily Capcom has added an online multiplayer mode to this game, a feature that was exclusive for the Wii U version of Monster Hunter Tri the last time around. And I’m glad to say it works as advertised. You can make a lobby in the gathering hall and wait for random people or make a room exclusively for your friends. The gathering hall has its own unique set of quests so there won’t be much overlap in terms of advanced quests. But also all the monsters will be beefed up since there are not 4 characters going for the kill rather than 1. Playing with a good group of friends really brings out the best of MH4U. Experiencing how different weapons work well together, or don’t. Or seeing which one of your friends will keep sending you flying into the air with the Great Swords upswing… then promptly booting him/her until he/she promises to stop using that move!

I could go on and on about all the great things in Monster Hunter, but I realize that this isn’t a game for everyone. Not everyone will be able to pour in the 100+ hours needed to see the final multiplayer boss, or to get the highest rank of their favourite weapons. But for me, this could be the only game I play for the rest of my 3DS ownership and I’d probably be happy with that. Well at least until the next one comes out. So far this is a strong contender for my game of the year in 2015 and it is easily one of the best 3DS games you can purchase.

5/5

Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 219

It’s been a week of ups and downs, along with controversies and huge surprises, and here at TNIAB give our thoughts on all the biggest stories in the past seven days. We also throw in a little info session about all the different types of anime girls.

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

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