Monday, June 18, 2018

Overwatch Clip Show 61 - Same Thing

The best Mercy picks and PotGs from the last week.  Okay well the McCree PotG on Hanamura isn't my best, but he didn't see that shit comin' - felt badass!

I loved that I had the presence of mind to get that Pulse Bomb off the point in the final clip on Ilios, the 5K on Lijiang felt incredible (mystery heroes - we lost and half my team left, but the reds voted me an Epic card for my Tracer killstreak!), and the one on Route 66?  Getting those last two picks at 19 HP?  Awesome.

Also, the Mercy I one-clip on Eichenwald and whiff the Pulse Bomb on during the longer clip with the Zarya and Soldier? She popped her ult and came straight for me - and got me! I sent 'em a GG, told 'em I lol'd when they did it, and they said I was awesome and sent a friend request! 


Kill la Kill is (finally) getting a video game.

This, again, reminds me that I haven't played Little Witch Academia: Chamber of Time - the first video game based on a Studio Trigger anime.  Why haven't I tried it yet?  Its horrific Metacritic score might have something to do with it. 

The Kill la Kill: The Game IF is being made beneath the auspices of publisher Arc System Works - responsible for the most respectable, incredible-looking fighting games in the world - but it's being developed by APLUS. 

What is APLUS?  It is, notably, not ATLUS, legendary RPG developer.  APLUS is the developer of... Little Witch Academia: Chamber of TimeAgain:

So... expectations are very, very, very, very... very low.  But, like LWA:CoT, its screenshots sure look like it does an excellent job of capturing the look of the show. 


Friday, June 15, 2018

Overwatch Clip Show 60 - Break Loose

I've wanted to use Break Loose by Gramatik for a vid basically since I started doing vids, but it never worked for any form my vids usually take.  I tried to plug it in to a single no-cut killstreak vid, but then you'd end up with some crazy stuff in like the first two teamfights when the song is relatively chill, and maybe nothing exciting enough when the relatively-brief high-energy point of the song in the second half.  It never worked.

Likewise, the song is so chill in general that it didn't really work for my usual here's-two-or-three picks-during-a-teamfight thing.  It was actually a contender for what ended up becoming No Duh - but again, that was a collection of PotGs - basically, too high-action to work (in my opinion) - for Break Loose.

As I was working on Danger! High Voltage, though - slowly recovering from the brutal Pulse Bomb nerf - I actually ended up with a bunch of one-off clips of some sweet-ass Pulse Bombs where I wave after the stick.  I lined two of those waves up with James Brown goin' "heyyy hey!" and was like, "okay, this works."  Finally.

Once I got to work on it in earnest, I developed four rules:

  1. When James Brown says "heyyy hey!", the "hey!" is always lined up with a wave.
  2. When it's not the full "heyyy hey!" - when it's just "ey!", or a horn blare on the same beat - it can be lined up with anything.  A rewind, a detonation of the bomb, whatever. 
  3. When James Brown says "p-payback!" it has to have a non-Pulse Bomb kill somewhere near the line.  There are a few places where it lines up perfectly, but footage never plays along that well.
  4. When the line "I can turn back the hand of time" happens, it is always lined up with a rewind.  

I'm (perhaps pathetically) proud to say almost the entire video adheres to these principles.  It deviates once - there's a Brigitte Pulse Bomb kill that has a "p-payback!" line but no additional kill >.< I just didn't have the right footage to get the job done - but to fail one out of fourteen times?  That's still a pretty good record, in my opinion.

I love that the "p-payback" that comes after the "heyyy hey!" on Rialto, just before 2:38, leads into a stuttery bit that synchs up well with a rewind, leading into the highest-energy part of the song.  At first, I had completely thrown out the rules for the sequence from 2:39 - 3:00.  It was just going to be one, comically-long duel with a very bouncy Genji on Oasis, but... y'know 5/6 enemies in 20 seconds is probably the better option.

I like this one.

Darkest Dungeon: The Color of Madness launch trailer

Available June 19th on Steam! 

In other indie news, I found an impressions article for Galak-Z: Variant S, and can I just say ugh.

Also, is anyone else dying to see this behind-closed-doors-at-E3 Cyberpunk 2077 footage all the media folks are freaking out over?  I wanna' see that. 

Thursday, June 14, 2018

It seems We Happy Few is still PS4-bound.

At Microsoft's press conference, you'll remember, Xbox announced that they had acquired a bunch of studios - a very good thing!  One of those studios is Compulsion Games, developers of We Happy Few

I can't say that We Happy Few will be any good - Contrast, the studio's stylish double-A indie puzzle-platformer from 2013 was not a very good game - but we can say that We Happy Few has always looked pretty interesting.  You're the one dude in the retro-futuristic town of Wellington Wells who's not drinking the Kool-Aid that keeps the rest of the population happy and pliant as their community falls to ruin, and it has some AI-driven stealth gameplay that feels like the rich worlds of BioShock or Dishonored, but without all the supernatural abilities. 

It's a game I want to be good, and a game I wanted to keep an eye on - it was announced for PS4 in 2018 - but news that Microsoft had bought the studio raises questions about the game's exclusivity.  Worth noting, when the announcement was made, it was pointed out on the Xbox main stage that the game would be published by Gearbox. 

I went searching for an official feed of this year's E3 trailer to find some more details, but came up empty.  Then, I finally found the trailer on Gearbox's YouTube channel.  It was posted on Sunday, June 10th - the same day as Microsoft's presser. 

"Uncover the mystery of Wellington Wells as you play through the interwoven narratives of three moderately terrible citizens trying to escape from a lifetime of cheerful denial.

"We Happy Few" will launch on Xbox One, PlayStation®4, and PC on August 10, 2018."
First, I love that explanation of the game.  Second... yeah, still multiplatform.  I guess whatever deal Microsoft has made for the studio doesn't apply to the studio's next game - or perhaps simply doesn't supersede a previously-made publishing agreement with Gearbox.


Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Chamberlain & Chance 125 - E3 2018 Spectacular!

Wiiith Alex!  Alex thisChamberlain that podcast on iTunespodcast on Google Play!

Chamberlain and Chance - 2018 E3 Spectacular

  • E3 is happening, and there were press conferences that must be discussed!
  • Why is EA even showing up to this? 
  • Does Microsoft really need exclusives when all the best thirty-party stuff is announced on their stage anyway? 
  • And how much respect does Sony have for your time?
You'll have to tune in to find out!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Hollow Knight is available on Switch, right now.

All I wanted from Nintendo's E3 presentation were release dates for indies - and I got the best release date one could imagine for a game I've been drooling over since its Kickstarter - Hollow Knight.  It's available, right now on the eShop, and yes, it's already downloading. 

Behold, the Hollow Knight Switch launch trailer:

I've got the next three days off work, so this could not have come along at a better time.  Best surprise of E3 2018?

Well, that might go to the existence of Dying Light 2, but if this is in second place, it's a very close second.  Can.  Not.  Wait to dive in.

E3 2018 - the Nintendo Live Stream

Nintendo are one of those companies who truly give no fucks about what we want or expect.  There's no telling what they're gonna' show, here - but I've got my fingers crossed for release dates for Hollow Knight, Mark of the Ninja and Dead Cells on Switch. 

Here we go!

Low-rez low-poly mechs are falling out of the sky!  It looks kinda' cell shaded but not really!

Okay this actually looks kinda' awesome.  Daemon X Machina.  Coming in 2019 to Switch, on the Unreal engine. 

And now... I have no idea what this is.  Japan-produced.   Looks like a JRPG.  Looks like a Xenoblade blade.  Ah - DLC - Torna: The Golden Country, coming September 2018. 

Now Reggie's talking about how awesome the Switch is, and Pokemon: Let's go Evee/Pikachu.  Did you know you have to use movement controls in these games to catch Pokemon?  Launching November 16, with a new "Pokeball plus" peripheral you can control the game with. 


Super Mario Party

Why, this would appear to be a collection of minigames featuring Mario, and company!  October 5, 2018.

Fire Emblem: Three Orders.  Looks pretty nice!  Spring 2019. 

And now Fortnite.  There's no way that's Switch gameplay they're showing. If it is, that's amazing. Download for free, starting today at 10AM.  Wait, is that pacific time?


Overcooked 2Killer Queen Black.  HOLLOW KNIGHT!  Oh release date pleeeease!




(Emails Chamberlain the news, and a "yassss.")


Also Octopath Traveler launches July 13th. 

Now a sizzle reel.  Starlink: Battle for AtlasArena of Valor.  Minecraft.  Sushi Striker. (Wasn't that already out?)  Pixark.  Just Dance 2019.  Dragonball FighterZ.  Splatoon 2 DLC.  Captain Toad: Treasure TrackerCrash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy.  Ninjala.  Fifa 18.  Ark.  Wasteland 2.  Paladins.  Fallout Shelter.  Dark Souls Remastered.  SNK Heroines.  Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate.  Wolfenstein II.  The World Ends With You.  Megaman 11.  Mario Tennis Aces.  

Now Smash Bros is up and I am heroically stopping myself from grabbing my Switch to see if Hollow Knight can be purchased right fucking now. 

Joining the roster for this Smash Bros..:

  • Mario 
  • Samus
  • Kirby
  • Bowser
  • Link
  • Donkey Kong
  • Fox
  • Marth
  • Zelda
  • Sheik
  • Villager
  • Mewtwo
  • Meta Knight
  • Sonic
  • Peach
  • Pikachu
  • Ice Climbers
  • Inkling
  • Captain Falcon
  • Wii Fit Trainer
  • Zero Suit Samus
  • A buncha pokemon
  • Lucas 
  • Ness
  • Ryu
  • Ganondorf
  • Ike
  • Cloud
  • Snake (Solid)
  • More Pokemon
  • Roy
  • Olimar
  • Diddy Kong
  • Lucario
  • Lucina
  • Robin
  • Bayonetta
  • Mr Game & Watch
  • Greninja
  • Dr. Mario
  • R.O.B.
  • Duck Hunt
  • Dark Pit
  • Pit
  • Palutena
  • Corrin
  • Bowser Jr. 
  • Toon Link
  • Young Link
  • King Dedede
  • Rosalina
  • Miis
  • Wario
  • Little Mac
  • Mac-Man
  • Shulk
  • Wolf
  • Mega Man
  • Luigi
  • Yoshi
I know what you're thinkin' - that's all?  This is every fighter in every Smash Bros. game ever, including those that were just DLC.  "This is the biggest crossover in gaming history."  But they note the "starting roster may be small," but they've streamlined unlocking new fighters.  

And now they're giving details on changes to the various heroes.  

Okay I need to go grab my Switch, I'll be right back.  And they're still on Smash, pardon me while I log into the eShop...

Damnit.  Paladins and Fortnite are up, but no Hollow Knight... >.<

Huh.  Kirby has power change abilities for every other fighter in the game (he eats 'em and gains their powers).  That's very ambitious! 

(3 minutes later.)  Goddamnit, Hollow Knight's still not up. 

(4 minutes later.)  Goddamnit, Hollow Knight's still not up.  And they're still talking about Smash stuff.  

Apparently Gamecube controllers can be used for the new Smash, and all Amibos, including a character's Amiibo from a different series.  

Why isn't Hollow Knight on the store yet?!

And one more announcement, it would seem... Not actual gameplay footage.  Samus, Mario and Mega Man walk along a catwalk in a sci-fi place.  Mario and Mega are taken out by some creature.  Oh, it's Ridley from Metroid.  New fighter in Smash.  

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, launching December 7, 2018. 

And that appears to be all she wrote!  I'm going to go and refresh the eShop over and over until I pass out.