Three Nerds in a Basement

Review - Saints Row: Gat out of Hell

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Author: Anthony Fallucco
Twitter: @Killroycantkill
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Saints Row has become unrecognizable from its origins. From humble Grand Theft Auto clone beginnings, it has turned into an insane and over the top game where you’re flying through space and meeting up with odd characters through time like Jane Austen and Santa Claus. So obviously going to Hell was the next step, right? Well that’s what Gat out of Hell is all about. You play as Johnny Gat, the main characters right hand man. You have to save your friend (who is also the President of the United States by the way) from the clutches of Satan. It sounds amazing on paper, especially with the track record for wacky bullshit that the Saints Row series has going for it. Fun gameplay is burdened by a lack of content and overall forgettable story. Gat out of Hell is hard to recommend for even the most hardcore of Saints Row fans.

At the end of During the whole experience of Saints Row 4 some wild stuff happens, where it allows Volition to pretty much do whatever they want with the story going forward. While celebrating Kinzie Kensington’s birthday the crew decides to use a ouija board for some party fun. When asking who the President will marry out of harmless fun the board starts moving by itself and the President gets sucked through a portal to hell. This is when Johnny and Kinzie are both determined to go save their leader. And that is about as complex at the story gets. It’s also sadly some of funniest sequences and dialog in the whole game right of the bat, in my opinion. Throughout the game the story is progressed little by little as Satan gets more pissed off at you for destroying his stuff, until ultimately you get to the very obvious conclusion. The simplicity of the story isn’t what bothers me though. Saints Row 3 and 4 has some of the most interesting story telling in a long while. They weren’t afraid to go wild but they still kept an interesting fiction that made me want to keep up with the Saints so to speak. In Gat out of Hell they throw away the interesting part of the narrative and go purely into wild, but sadly it’s not even wild enough to compete with some action in the previous games. You can even switch between Johnny and Kinzie while playing the game, but all the cutsceens play out as if Johnny did all the work, and neither persons dialog is funnier than the other, or even worth listening to at most time.

Some of the funniest dialog and moments come from the people you meet in Hell. You’re going to be partnering up with the likes of Vlad the Impaler, the DeWynter Twins from Saints Row 3 and William Shakespeare himself. They are all fantastic characters and I liked hearing their dialog rather than any of the playable characters. Gat out of Hell also bring back some Characters from Saints Row 1 and 2, along with a ton of obscure references to very specific scenes in those game. You’ll get a lot out of these jokes and side quests if you get the reference or remember those games at all, but if you’ve never played them or those memories have left your brain forever these jokes will fall flat.

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Playing the game on the other hand hasn’t really changed from Saints Row 4. You still get the ability to run faster than cars and jump higher than building from the start of the game. But thanks to some demonic powers, you gain fallen angel wings that let you fly. The flying system works like the Epona speed system from Zelda: OoT but instead of carrots your have wing icons, and you lose speed when climbing and gain speed when diving, so it’s a fun little system. But just like how being able to run as supersonic speeds made cars obsolete in Saints Row 4, flying does the same thing by making running as supersonic speeds obsolete. On top of your sweet wings you also get a whole host of demonic themed weapons, which are based on the seven deadly sins, and a couple unique powers. Some examples are a reclining chair that shoots missiles, representing the sin of Sloth, or the power to summon demonic imps to latch onto enemies then explode. The weapons are fun but you’ll find a power and weapon combination that lets you blow up cars and demons most efficiently, and most likely stick with it the whole game.

I also wanted to mention that my time with the game was cut way shorter than I expected it to be. I try not to bring up the length of a game in reviews because length does not equal quality or money well spent. But it was shocking to me when I finished the game and only say 7 hours on the game clock. And when I say finished the game I mean finishing the story, getting all 1000+ collectables, and completing all side missions with max rank. Now I understand that it is a standalone expansion to Saints Row 4 but the quality doesn’t hold a candle to the previous DLC offerings like Enter the Dominatrix or The Saints Save Christmas, so the short length really caught me off guard but it was over so abruptly.

Gat out of Hell, in the end, is painfully average. The fun time I had actually playing the game is nullified by the average story and a lack personality from the playable cast, and side activities leave a lot to be desired. Overall this game isn’t “bad” per say, but I feel it simply exists to be forgotten, and that might be a lot worse for a series that is known for insanely memorable moments.

Score: 2/5

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 214

On this week’s episode of TNIAB things are discussed. Such things include Magic the Gathering, Buzzfeed garbage, new Disney starlets, the end of the Marvel Universe, Final Fantasy XIV, Injustice, Slam Dunk, Monster Hunter 4, Hearthstone, Starcraft II, Playstation 4, Infamous: First Light, Sports and much more!

Enjoy!

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

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 213

On this week’s episode of TNIAB you can look forward to videogames. Lots of videogames. Okay, that’s a lie - more like lots of talk about Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate and Final Fantasy XIV. We also manage to squeeze in some discussion about anime and Taken 3.

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

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 212

p style="text-align: justify;">Episode 212 of TNIAB is here and in it you’ll find discussions of Daredevil, Scarlett Johannson, Ghost in the Shell, Indian Government, free MS-DOS games, the Ant-Man trailer, Agent Carter, Shadow of Mordor, Seconds, Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, new laptops and more!

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

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A Spoilerific Look At Shadow of Mordor

Author: Anthony Fallucco
Twitter: @Killroycantkill

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Since Lord of the Rings: Shadow of Mordor has been out for a while and everyone knows it’s a pretty solid game at this point I didn’t think that writing a review would be useful to anyone (except maybe for me to practice writing reviews) so instead I want to freely talk about the game. That means everything below this paragraph will contain HEAVY SPOILERS! You have been warned. Also you should know what I have only played this game on the Playstation 4, and I don’t what it runs like on the Xbox One.

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Middle-earth_ShadowofMordor_201501091403The game begins with an surprisingly awesome tutorial mode where you’re training with your son to learn different moves and then sneaking up on your wife with a flower to learn stealth. Those two sequences I thought gave a great insight to what kind of person your character is. It’s too bad that it’s pretty much the best part of the whole story. I found the rest of the story to be kind of bland and sporadic. You’re constantly jumping around from faction to faction, and I found most of the story-lines were pretty boring except for one or two. The hunting missions with Torvin the Dwarf are really fun mainly because of the back and forth banter between the two characters. It probably helps that dwarves in the LOTR universe are always fun to travel with. Another part of the story I liked is when they reveal the ghost within you is Celebrimbor, the elven ring maker who made the rings of power. It made me do a bunch of research on the character and delve even deeper into the LOTR universe than I expected to go. He himself is also a great character and his perspective on things is so much different from Talion at certain times. The ending of the game was especially disappointing since in the majority of the game you’re able to do everything by yourself, and by that I mean the player has control over killing enemies and doing objectives rather than it being up to quick-time events. The part that was supposed to so amazing, defeating Sauron with your own hands, ends up being a quick-time event which is insanely disappointing. Though, the last line of the game, Talion says “It’s time for a new ring”, made me say “oh shit!” out loud to myself and almost made me forget about that terrible final “battle”. As if this game wasn’t enough of a power fantasy already, just the concept of being able to make a new ring of power, of maybe even a new “One Ring” has me excited for the sequel. I don’t know if these games are considered canon within the LOTR universe though.

Gameplay is very addicting but that’s not really surprising since they have taken the best parts of Assassins Creed and Batman fighting mechanics and put them into one game. You can manage fighting groups of enemies since you are able to strike at anyone around you with ease, and the countering system makes it so the combat doesn’t get boring, just like Batman. For god sake it even has the exact same combo counter mechanics from the Batman games. Building up combos is fun and all, but it’s the execution options you have the really bring is over the top in terms of making this game the ultimate power fantasy. Regular sword executions are just satisfying in a certain way since you’re just mercilessly decapitating and disembowelling orcs. It’s like with every orc decapitation or every stealth kill your really feel the hatred that Talion has for the orcs and the organization that killed his family. It’s such a visceral feeling, and in a way, I wanted to keep doing it to help him get his revenge. It’s like I could feel Talion’s anger through his fighting, and that’s really something to applaud the motion capture team for. My favourite move was probably a teleporting strike you get for you bow, it was effective at taking out enemies and traveling across the world since the draw distance is so far.Middle-earth_ShadowofMordor_201501091403

The war-chief/rivals system within the game is something I didn’t think that I would care about but I ended up trying to exploit the crap out of it and trying everything that it has to offer. Orcs who kill you end up getting promotions, there are power struggles within the system with orcs trying to get promotions. It’s a very in depth system that plays into the story a little bit but is mainly there for you to have a reason progress the story. One of my favourite things to do is to take a low level orc and raise him all the way to war-chief status, then murder him. It’s a crazy in depth system, but just like almost everything else in this game is feels like it was something they’re just testing the waters with and they’re going to go all out in the second game.

Like mentioned above I feel that this game was mostly used as a testing ground. Warner Brothers and Monolith are taking a step into territory that’s not familiar to them but it seems to have paid off greatly. The story overall is crazy weak but the promises it seems to be making for a sequel has me very excited. I want to see all these concepts fully fleshed out along with a proper story that doesn’t feel so disconnected. Also, AGAIN, I just want to reiterate, if we’re doing something as cool as single-handedly taking down Sauron and his whole orc army, I want to be able to deliver the finishing blow or fight the final baddy myself, not just taking him down through a video and quick-time events! We know you can make a game look amazing while controlling the camera and taking action away from the player, but this is a videogame and not a movie. People come to videogames to have control, so just chill a bit on the QTE’s. That’s more of a general videogame complaint and not aimed exclusively as Shadow of Mordor, but it just really stuck out in the ending sequence of this game.

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But yeah, the game is good, you should probably play it.

Three Nerds in a a Basement - Episode 211

It’s the first TNIAB episode of 2015 and we’ve done absolutely nothing to change the show! It’s the same picks & weeks that you know and love. Tune in to hear about Play Doh, Marvel’s Ant-Man teaser, Saturday Morning Cartoons, Jem and the Holograms, Shadow of Mordor, Halo 1 and much more!

Enjoy!

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

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 210 - 2014 TNIAB AWARDS

It’s the final TNIAB podcast of the year, and with it, the prestigious TNIAB awards! Join Anthony, Blaven, TJ and Vince, along with a live studio audience as they reveal the biggest winners and losers of 2014!

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

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Anthony Fallucco’s Top 10 Games of 2014

This year in gaming has been weak, even with all the new consoles. But luckily there were enough stars in the pile of broken messes that allowed me to make a list of my 10 favourite games for 2014. I also want to use this paragraph to thank all of our fans who are into us enough to even read this as well as listen to the podcast. We love you guys and gals and we look forward to another year of "quality" content in 2015.

Honorable Mention: Final Fantasy Theaterhythm: Curtain Call (3DS)

10) Kingdom Hearts 2.5 HD Remix (PS3)

Kingdom Hearts and I have a love hate relationship. I love actually playing Kingdom Hearts but I hate the stupidly, overly complex story that surrounds this whole series. But the Final Mix versions of both Kingdom Hearts 2 and Birth by Sleep add so much to the game that it felt like I was experiencing them for the first time all over again. And just like the Final Fantasy X Remaster, I feel that this is what remakes/remasters should be, bringing that nostalgia factor back but still adding new features that you couldn’t get with the old games. It should go to show how good these games are that even 9 years after release they hold up enough to make it on my Top 10 list.

9) Threes (IOS/Android)

If you told me as a teenager I’d have a mobile game on my Top 10 Games of the Year list, ever, I probably would have thought you were a crazy person. But Threes is able to strike this balance of simplicity and complexity in a puzzle game that I have not felt since the days of Tetris. Also this game is the reason my phone would run out of battery at 2 in the afternoon….

8) P.T (PS4)

There’s something about the way P.T carries and presents itself that had me more terrified than any other horror videogame I’ve ever played. Maybe it’s the repetition of the same hallway, or the way the game uses everything the PS4 has to offer to scare the crap out of you. But I think it’s mainly the fact, which even to the time of me writing it there’s no one true way to defeat it and see the trailer at the end. Every run through you have a general idea but it might not play out exactly as it did the last, and that uncertainty is what scared me the most.

But P.T does its job so well that I just had to put it on this list not only because of the above, but also the fact that it actually has me excited for a Silent Hill game in this day and age.

7) Pix the Cat (PS4)

Pix the Cat was a total surprise to me, I just downloaded on a whim as a free PSN+ game and who knew that it would be up on my top games of the year list. The main mode feels like a remix of Pac-Man Championship Edition DX with a killer soundtrack to boot. It’s the perfect pallet cleanser game, even if sometimes I played it like a main dish instead.

And all the praise is only for the main mode. There’s also two other gameplay styles in this package that are more puzzle oriented than high score focused and they’re just as good! Pix is a must play for people who love high score games like I do.

6) The Wolf Among Us (Tons 0 Platforms)

I liked the first season of The Walking Dead, but I didn’t love it. That being said, I LOVE the first season of Fables: The Wolf Among Us. I’m sure it doesn’t hurt that Telltale is working with great source material but the original story they have come up with is on par with the comic for me. Choices at the moment felt that they mattered and the story has me guessing all the way to the end.

They made me feel for Bigby Wolf, and I wanted what was best for him. That is an amazing accomplishment that not many games are capable of doing.

5) Crimson Clover: WORLD IGNITION (Steam)

If I’m the only person to have played this game in 2014 I’ll be very disappointed, but not surprised in the least. Crimson Clover is one of the best bullets hells I’ve played in a long time, and since we’re not in Japan there’s a drought of those in North America. It offers a lot of variety with different difficulties and game modes, but more so than that, it is just a blast to play. Gameplay is tight and bullet patters are tough but fair in medium difficulties. But I really just saying the term DOUBLE BURST when I talk about this game.

4) Dark Souls 2 (PS3)

My love for Demons Souls/Dark souls runs deep, and that is a lot of the reason that Dark Souls 2 makes it so high on my list even without having played the DLC. If you asked me what the main town was I couldn’t tell you but I can tell you intricate details on how I defeated certain bosses or areas or found some of the amazing secrets within the world. It’s a game less about the story and more about the experience and that’s what I love about this series and about videogames in general.

3) Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls (Tons O Platforms)

At one point Diablo 3 was a pile of hot garbage, then Reaper of Souls came out and got rid of the trash to reveal the treasure underneath. Reaper of Souls fixes all the complaints I had about the content in Diablo 3 and continues to add on more stuff from patch to patch. As well as doing other things like removing the Auction House, fixing loot drops, and making set items something you actually want to strive towards since they have really interesting and unique abilities. These changes finally make Diablo 3 a game I can recommend to people instead of embarrassingly telling people I paid money for it.

2) Bayonetta 2 (Wii U)

The only problem that Bayonetta 2 suffers from, is the fact that Bayonetta 1 exists. If it wasn’t for that this game would have been in the number one spot. Gameplay is super tight and its sense of scale has not diminished in the least. Also, how can you call kicking a fighter jet into the sky then riding angel horses until they explode not awesome?!

1) Bravely Default (3DS)

You know those people who are always saying “Man I wish Final Fantasy games were more like the old ones, turn based with none of this active time battle like FF13!”. Well tell those people to shut the fuck up and play Bravely Default because that’s what this game is and more. Part of my love comes from the nostalgia factor for the battle system but Bravely Default does so many interesting things with story, the job system, world and characters that it easily overtakes most classic JRPGS on my list of favourites. Not to mention the awesome street pass mechanics and optional side missions that are just as, if not more fun than the main game!

Also they have a character with amnesia named Ringabell, and that’s amazing.

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Three Nerds in a Basement - Episode 209

On this week’s TNIAB Podcast Anthony, Blaven and Vince gather around Christmas Tree to discuss the Sony Hack and what it means for The Interview movie, Digimon and Yu-Gi-Oh anniversary movies, the Wakie app, Kingdom Hearts 2, Jet Set Radio, Fables, Gundam Build Fighters TRY, Space Battleship Yamato 2199 and so much more

Enjoy!

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

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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.

Enjoy!

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

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