Half-Glass Gaming [Episode 2] : Country Song of the Count

Kratos in Chains

In round 2 of our discussion of modern games vs. retro games, we begin with in-game costumes and take a dark meander into the head of the Dark Knight. After the break, we dissect the quick time event like a frog in 11th grade biology. X’s get stomped, Y’s get flung, and shoulder buttons go a-tappin’. And, for some reason, we keep going back to Final Fantasy.

Also covered: Lots of ShenmueGod of War 2‘s final QTE, meaningful choices in Life Is Strange, how to silently destroy a vent cover, the musical stylings of Castlevania titles, and the little Napoleon dude from Resident Evil 4.

And Gwent. There’s always more Gwent.

Tickle your eardrums with the sweet sound of our voices.

Games we mention in this episode:

  • Resident Evil 3
  • Metal Gear Solid
  • Batman: Arkham Asylum
  • Batman: Arkham City
  • Batman: Arkham Knight
  • The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt
  • Shenmue
  • Final Fantasy VI
  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Mass Effect 2
  • God of War
  • God of War 2
  • Warriors: Legends of Troy
  • Resident Evil 4
  • Heavy Rain
  • Indigo Prophesy
  • Life Is Strange
  • Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots
  • Xenosaga
  • Xenogears
  • God of War 3
  • Shadow of the Colossus
  • Tomb Raider (PSOne)
  • Wii Sports
  • Final Fantasy XIII-2
  • Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
  • Indiana Jones and the Staff of Kings
  • Gwent
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Strontium Dingo
Strontium Dingo
4 years ago

“Batman is a grown man who lives in his parents basement ” – wait what? This is literally-as-is-written true. MIND BLOWN.

Seriously, I had to stop the podcast and have a little lie down. So much head food, and the good Rev HASN’T EVEN FINISHED THE SENTENCE. In one way, I never want to to hear the rest of the sentence, because nothing on earth can compare to the bombastic bat-destroying intro already heard. This current sentence marks the fourth sentence in which I comment on Rev Rebecca’s unfinished (still unheard by me) sentence, because my mind is still blown. Okay, here goes (listening to the rest of it, I mean.)

OH GOD IT GOT EVEN BETTER

That’s not even what a “Josh get to the chopper sounds like” (sorry Josh, couldn’t resist, you know what I’m talking about, buddy)

Now you are all talking about haberdashery. NEVER CHANGE, GANG!

Rev Rebecca really doesn’t go for the whole “Batman is a hero” thing, hey? And I think that Arkham City is the best game in the series, because it has the Beatdown move, but doesn’t suffer from being Origins or Knight. Aslyum was the best story though, I think.

Great point about the cutscenes being a reward, Mandi! I’d never thought of it like that before.

I hated the start of Kingdom Hearts II, I swear it was just one big confusing cutscene of tweens talking about pointless nonsense. Got through the first game in the series with my kids – but after the start of Kingdom Hearts II, I was like: “I’m out, kids. I’ll just watch you guys play. Come get me when this is done.”

A game series that nails cutscenes and quicktime events, in my opinion, is the Saints Row series, from number 3 onwards. They perhaps overuse them, but they use them appropriately.

“Country Song Of The Count” – someone needs to make this song a thing.

I really enjoyed this Podcast, this is the first time I’ve ever listened to a podcast twice. Josh was on fire, so much gold! Now I know why Batman couldn’t use Beatdown in Arkham Asylum 😉

Strontium Dingo
Strontium Dingo
4 years ago

*Reverend Rebecca, sorry.

Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson
4 years ago

Glad you enjoyed this episode! I’m not going to lie, I really look forward to your comments on our episodes, and I’m glad you’ve managed to listen to the second episode now.

And yeah, Batman is totes a furry.

– The Reverend

Elizabeth Thompson
Elizabeth Thompson
4 years ago

Glad you enjoyed this episode! I’m not going to lie, I really look forward to your comments on our episodes, and I’m glad you’ve managed to listen to the second episode now.

And yeah, Batman is totes a furry.

– The Reverend

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