Game Junk Prototype Episode #15: Most Wanted PS5 Games

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We count down the top 5 announcements we’d like to see from the delayed Playstation 5 press event and answer some of your junk mail questions plus we also talk Final Fantasy VII Remake, Axiom Verge and Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune.

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  • SloppyDetective

    Frank doesn’t read books so his opinions on good story can’t be taken seriously. I read a lot, so having experienced more truly great stories than anyone on the pod ever has, I can say for sure that there are plenty of video game stories that are on par or surpass blockbuster/studio movies and “prestige” television. The problem is the average game story is worse than the average movie or series so it makes the whole medium look worse.

    Frank, read some McCarthy, Bolano, Hemmingway, Le Guin then get back to me on what good storytelling is.

  • HuckCity

    The Road! Such a great McCarthy book. I still need to read his others. I have not read any books by the other authors. Do you have any recommendations? I’m mostly a sci-fi novel guy myself with a sprinkling of fantasy, but I’m doing my best to get through the “classics” right now.

  • SloppyDetective

    For classics I would say 1984 is a good option; especially considering the times. Ursula K Le Guin is one of the sci-fi/fantasy writers that transcended and was accepted by the pretentious genre purists. Left Hand of Darkness and the Word for World is Forrest are two of my favorite scifi books by her. Vonnegut is another one of those sci-fi writers that crossed over and is an easy and fun must read imo. Also No Country For Old Men is a good next McCarthy read.

    I shouldn’t have drug you and Shawn into my reading take down of Frank. He threw shade at books on Filmjunk and I think that’s silly. I was still probably too mean towards Frank. I was trying to come off as a ridiculous snob and likely missed the tone.

  • HuckCity

    I’ve read 1984 a few times and loved it each time. I’ll check out those others.

    Have you read “Old Man’s War” by John Scalzi, it’s great and you can easily envision it being made into a game….just wish I had a budget and the rights to do it myself!

  • HuckCity

    Actually, looking closer at Le Guin, I did read the first book in the Eathsea series. I thought it was pretty good, but haven’t had the desire to continue on with it yet.

  • benvernel

    Kentucky Route Zero is a great call from HuckCity! I played it all the way through only a few months ago, and it’s the perfect example of one of the ONLY games that uses the medium of gaming (and innovations with the format) to tell a genuinely interesting, evocative, and truly emotional story. It has a dark, melancholic tone but tells a deep and thoughtful story. I would love the boys to play through this and devote an episode to it because I think it’s probably the best game ever made.

    RDR2 – Franky boy, you have to finish this. What happens to the main character is extremely interesting and something I’ve never seen in a game before. Shockingly yes the story is better once you’ve finished it.

    Honorable mentions: Persona 5 tells a great anime story, very over the top but fun and gripping, like a Japanese Buffy or something. I also thought Control’s bizarre Twin Peaks/X Files story was really interesting. The Last of Us is a good zombie movie, but a great game and definitely fits Frank’s hypothesis 100%. I also thought Firewatch told a mature and affecting, personal story. And at the time I thought Bioshock Infinite’s twisty time travel story was very innovative. I’ve also been told MGS3 has a great story.

    Love the show boys, if anyone wants more video game podcasting I do a show called Filthy Casuals (I know, lame name, but I think we’re the biggest thing that’s named that these days – @filthycaspod on twitter)

  • pcch7

    My number one PS5 thing would be to see something from the next God of War. Very excited to fight Thor

  • pcch7

    As for Uncharted, I played through the collection on ps4 not too long ago and I was pretty underwhelmed. For such a hyped franchise, I don’t think it does anything that hasn’t already been done better in the Tomb Raider games. The stories were alright I suppose but I can’t say I cared much for the characters.

  • devolutionary

    Although its sprawling, existential metafiction, and weirdly spiritual, you should check out Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire. You can read it in order or start from any chapter. Most of them are self-contained. If you can stomach it, it’s a hell of a read.

  • devolutionary

    Just wanted to restate that I think it’s awesome that you are donating a portion of your proceeds from the Spike Lee premium. Junkers who can, please don’t hesitate to donate generously for that premium

  • Sean

    I have definitely been meaning to check out Kentucky Route Zero. Now that the complete version has finally been released on consoles I really have no excuse.

  • Andrew Lincoln

    Im going through FF9 on game pass. I bought it day one back when it was first released but couldn’t get into it. Really enjoying it now on high speed, but I gotta go back to normal speed during battles. Do you guys the whole game at high speed?

  • SloppyDetective

    I haven’t read Earthsea, but her Scifi definitely has fantasy elements to it.

    I’ve heard of “Old Man’s War” but haven’t read it. It’s interesting to hear a dev talk about wanting to adapt a book though, or at least its universe. Book adaptations seem to be pretty scarce in video games. What about Old Man’s War makes you want to adapt it into a game?

  • SloppyDetective

    MGS 3 has some great moments and the story happening between the key characters is good, but like all Kojima games the story is long winded, poorly paced, and nonsensical. It’s still probably the best thing he’s written though.

    I keep thinking about pulling the trigger on Kentucky but I’ve heard the quality varies between episodes and I have a real knack for dropping off episodic games at about episode 3.

  • HuckCity

    I’ve been doing most of what I’ve played in high speed. It’s amazing for grinding. I’ve always hit a wall with FF9 where the game just gets too difficult and I think think will really help alleviate that this time around

  • HuckCity

    boo! ;)

  • HuckCity

    The way it’s written, you can envision it as an FPS (the author has even mentioned as much). Great universe, characters, story, environments, aliens, and a weapon/character system that I think would be really cool in a game and lend easily to having RPG elements.

  • Loofton

    Check out ‘Journey to the Savage Planet’. Really reminds me of Metroid Prime. The world is bright & colorful. Most of the fun is just exploring & finding secrets. It can be beat in about 10 hours. B-e-a-utiful.
    It’s on Game Pass (at least in the States).

  • benvernel

    “already” do you mean the original TR games? Because the reboots were completely aping Uncharted.