Game Junk Podcast Episode #18: Best of 2013


00:00 – Intro
05:42 – Feature: PS4 / Xbox One Comparison and First Impressions
1:04:09 – News: Battlefield 4 Lawsuits, Steam Machines, Playstation Now
1:38:37 – Feature: Top 10 Games of 2013
2:52:36 – Games We Played: Brothers, Gone Home, God of War: Ascension, XCOM, Pokemon Black, Star Team, Spelunky, New Super Mario Bros. Wii, Dragon’s Dogma, Metal Gear Rising Revengeance, Windforge, Batman Arkham Origins: Black Gate
3:07:30 – Junk Mail: Projections Gaming, PC Help, Console Launch Memories, Most Next Gen Feature, Console Purchase Help, Most Anticipated 2014 Releases
3:29:55 – Upcoming Releases
3:31:44 – Outro

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  • pcch7

    Slight fail in the intro? Lol

  • Park Chan Wookie

    Hearing about all these hardware/software issues really makes me wonder why anyone would buy a console the first year. You’re the guinea pigs. You’re playing all the crappy launch games and having trouble signing into PSN. I’ll just cruise in in a year or two and scoop all the good stuff up in the bargain bins. The graphics don’t even look much better. Why play shitty Knack and Marvel Legos when there’s a backlog of games that scored 10/10 still out there?

  • kyri

    I haven’t even listened to the show yet, but I can tell with firm conviction – just by the title that I will love every minute of it.. SuperMario 3d world was indeed , by far, the best thing that happened to planet earth last year.

  • Sam

    Nice to hear that Frank has the same exact bias towards big budgets in video games as well as movies.

    Though I do agree Guacamelee is probably my favorite of all “indie” games from last year, which I did get the platinum in. Been meaning to return to it to try out some DLC.

    Last of Us easily my overall favorite game of the year, no contest.

  • pcch7

    Way to go Frank, I also have Tomb Raider at the number 1 spot. AMAZING game.

  • Sam

    My Top 5 Games that I’m looking forward to this year:

    MLB: 14 The Show (PS4 version)
    Infamous: Second Son
    The Order: 1886
    Persona 5 (assuming its a 2014 game)
    Watch Dogs

    Also looking forward to:
    Castlevania Lords of Shadow 2
    Hotline Miami 2
    Rogue Legacy (coming to Vita)

    Can’t wait for a new Uncharted either. To Frank though, Activision owns Crash Bandicoot still I believe, don’t see a Pixar-level Crash Bandicoot coming anytime soon.

  • pcch7

    Oh and did any of you guys play Dishonored? I only played a little and then stopped but I think I’m gonna give it a second chance.

  • HuckCity

    I played and beat it. Didn’t think I would like it, but ended up loving it. Really solid game with well tuned mechanics.

  • pcch7

    Alright, I’ll give it a spin then. Impressive voice cast too, I have to admit.

  • Film Ape

    Just in case anyone else is looking for it, Star Team is actually called Space Team, and you can play together with android and iphone over wifi. Thanks for talking about it guys, it is pretty fun.

  • HuckCity

    Thanks for the correction! I should have double checked the name.

  • John Abides

    My emails were a bit long, but the main point of my email seems to have gotten lost. My point was NOT to overspend on a graphics card. A $1000 PC is very potent, especially if you are gaming on your television at 1080p. The PC can be upgraded, so if your graphics needs grow in the future you can pick up the newest thing. But as you said earlier in the podcast, we’re waiting for next gen games so the best video card isn’t needed, yet.

    Re: the projector. My friend with the projector picked up a PS4 and I will say it is freaking amazing. He has a DLP projector, which might have a faster response time than LCD. I’m not sure, but it doesn’t seem to suffer pixel lag like non-gaming LCD’s can. So my question last time turns into an endorsement this time around. Try it! (I’m looking at you, Frank! But again, no need to go crazy. This projector is like $900 and is great.)

  • pcch7

    Did you, or Sean & Frank for that matter, play the new Hitman game? I loved Blood Money and I thought Absolution was awesome too.

    If you do another live game night, you should break out the old NES and try co-op on Battletoads. It can be both extremely funny and frustrating at the same time. I sent a mail about it just before the new episode was released so I might as well mention it here..

  • Blake in Boston

    As always, great show guys… Sean, you need to keep playing the Last of Us. Muscle through!

    Here’s how my list stacked up:

    Top 10 Favorite Games of 2013:

    1. The Last of Us (PS3)
    2. Grand Theft Auto V (PS3)
    3. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag (PS4)
    4. Tearaway (Vita)
    5. Bioshock Infinite (PS3)
    6. Battlefield 4 (PS4)
    7. Rayman Legends (Vita)
    8. Need For Speed: Rivals (PS4)
    9. Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)
    10. Dragon’s Crown (Vita)

    Honorable Mentions:

    -Tomb Raider (PS3)
    -Guacamelee! (Vita)
    -Splinter Cell: Blacklist (PS3)
    -Resogun (PS4)
    -LEGO Marvel Superheroes (PS4)

    Top 3 Favorite Games Re-released in 2013:

    1. Spelunky (Vita)
    2. Hotline Miami (Vita)
    3. Lone Survivor: The Director’s Cut (Vita)

    Top 5 Most Disappointing Games of 2013:

    1. Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons (PS3)
    2. Beyond: Two Souls (PS3)
    3. Dead Space 3 (PS3)
    4. Metal Gear Rising: Reveangance (PS3)
    5. Batman: Arkham Origins (PS3)

  • HuckCity

    I played a little bit of Absolution after it went free on PSPlus (maybe the first two or three levels). I was enjoying it, but other games got in the way of finishing it.

  • devolutionary

    My only real gripe with the action for ME3 was the suspect collision/object detection while using the action button (for cover vs running). Depending on the angle you were at during a hectic firefight, it would often do the wrong thing for me resulting in an untimely death. It’s been awhile but I don’t remember as much frustration with ME2 on that point.

  • pcch7

    What platform did you play it on? I played it on PC and I don’t remember having any issues with that. I think it flows better on ME3, with all the powers and whatnot. I kept running into battle after battle, charging left and right, curbing the blasts round or over covers and levitating enemies in the air. I couldn’t stop playing it.

  • devolutionary

    Ahh I was running it on PS3. Maybe there was an issue or lag in translation over to the platform? Most of the battles were fairly smooth though, and though I experienced multiple points where the AI seemed cheap or unfair, it was always addicting enough to plow through (story helped). However, there were several points where it almost pushed into tedium during the London battles. Thank goodness for Adrenaline boost!

  • Colin

    My list…

    10. Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale
    9. Animal Crossing: New Leaf
    8. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
    7. The Stanley Parable
    6. New Super Luigi U
    5. Lego City Undercover
    4. Battlefield 4
    3. Grand Theft Auto V
    2. The Last of Us
    1. Bioshock Infinite

  • Sean

    Had a few people asking for this… here are our lists in written form:

    1. Tomb Raider
    2. The Last of Us
    3. Super Mario 3D World
    4. Bioshock Infinite
    5. A Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
    6. Guacamelee
    7. Resogun
    8. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
    9. Tearaway
    10. GTA V

    1. The Last of Us
    2. Tomb Raider
    3. NHL 14
    4. GTA V
    5. Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag
    6. Guacamelee
    7. Ni No Kuni
    8. Rogue Legacy
    9. Batman: Arkham Origins
    10. Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut

    1. A Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds
    2. Guacamelee
    3. Gunpoint
    4. The Last of Us
    5. Hotline Miami
    6. Tomb Raider
    7. Steamworld Dig
    8. Rayman Legends
    9. Batman: Arkham Origins
    10. Device 6

  • I’d be happy to throw down with Frank over Gone Home. Granted, I played it under probably ideal circumstances: at night with the lights off and headphones in, and I was personally moved by it.

    SPOILER? It is a somewhat simple coming-of-age story about adolescence, but I was genuinely surprised by the complexity of the conclusion. I felt both genuinely glad that the younger sister had discovered herself and potentially found happiness, but also sad and worried about her decision to elope. The cocktail of those two emotions is what made Gone Home stand out to me as potentially the best game of the year, and personally, the most emotionally resonant experience I’ve ever had playing one. END SPOILER.

    Frank, if you didn’t have that same reaction, I completely understand why you would write it off, because there’s really nothing else to latch onto… Even still, I think calling it Degrassi fare is a disservice.

    You’re not alone in your disdain either; the very classification of Gone Home as a game seems to offend people. Maybe it’s not “fun” to play, maybe there’s no obvious, empowering objective, but I think it’s a very important milestone in what the medium is capable of.

  • Tum Tum Tyranus

    XB1, best selling console of December (908k). And this is just the beginning. I so wanted to believe you guys too.

  • HuckCity

    I think what we had mentioned on the show was that the PS4 seems to be sold out everywhere, while the XBone is still on store shelves. So it’s not really surprising to me that, if the XBone has a larger supply, it has the potential to sell more.

    I think I remember reading that the PS4 has still sold more overall consoles then XBone (but don’t quote me on that), which seems to imply to me that if PS4’s were available, there would be the potential for much more sales. I don’t think we made any statements that the PS4 was the clear winner, but only that it will be interesting to see how the sales play out in the long run once both consoles aren’t supply bound.

  • HuckCity

    Sounds like Gone Home and Brothers hit the same mark for many people.

    I’m not going to speak for Frank, but I know in my case with Brothers (and other games like it) I don’t feel that games should be put on game of the year lists just because they pull at the heart strings.

    I haven’t played Gone Home, but from watching videos, there seems to be only two mechanics. Walking and interacting/inspecting. To me, although the game may resonate emotionally (like Brothers can), I have a hard time putting a game like this on “game of the year” lists. I believe we said that both were good games and obviously were made by talented studios, but my opinion is that a game should not be put on a pedestal for one touching moment at it’s conclusion.

    Compared to games like Samurai Gunn, Towerfall and now Nidhogg. All these are very simple games from a graphics and story line perspective, but have very tight gameplay mechanics and I would much rather see games like these make it on game of the year lists, than the former.

  • Sam

    This is true. I was finally able to get a PS4 two weeks ago when the Best Buy website vert briefly had a few in stock. But each store around me that I go to never had any PD4s in stock but they typically have like 3 or so XBOnes one display. It definitely seems to have more to do because of the lack of supply on PS4 who are probably getting their stock ready for Japan launch

  • I understand your perspective as a developer, but I don’t think video games should be treated like appliances. Call of Duty has coasted on solid mechanics for years, but I don’t think it deserves recognition just for functioning properly.

    This year, I loved GTA, the Last of Us, Mario, and Bioshock, but Gone Home gave me something no other game ever has.

  • HuckCity

    Fair enough. Definitely a valid reason for putting it on a top 10. I guess I was just more surprised with how much Brothers seemed to move so many journalists.

    I think the one thing that brothers and Gone Home did get right was not forcing extra content down our throats just for the sake of trying to get the hours up. Both these games seemed to nail the pacing

  • swisterk

    Do you guys have any plans for a Game Junk premium cast this year? It would be great if you could review a series in-depth. Love the Film Junk premiums so would definitely be interested in you guys releasing a Game Junk version

  • Sean

    I would love to do something like this but I’m afraid it would be far too time-consuming. Finishing a game requires 10 to 20 hours whereas watching a movie takes 2 to 3. And it’s hard enough just keeping up with the Film Junk premiums sometimes.

  • Tum Tum Tyranus

    “PS4 was #1 in sales for next gen consoles in January, nearly doubling the nearest next gen competitor.”

    I sincerely apologize. You guys were right on(eating crow as I type this). Hopefully this leads to a resurgence of esoteric Japanese games a la PS1/PS2.