Horrible Times #404: The Crash and the Flight
Absolutely brutal week and we hope everyone affected by the THQ closure and the beginnings of the Atari bankruptcy lands happily and safely. At least Nintendo tried to lighten the mood so don’t you ever change Big N, and by the looks of their 2013 plans, it doesn’t look like we have to worry about that at least.
While I mainly played new games in this past week, my gaming felt decidedly old school. From the classic JRPGness of Ni no Kuni to the Ron Gilbert adventurings of The Cave, my inner child was spoiled. Ni no Kuni is as charming as everyone says and while it really is great, I can’t tell if I want to keep going or if I really just want to bust out my SNES RPGs. Iv’e decided to take Ron’s advice and take my time with The Cave. The story, character, and writing are the stars here. I’d also be a fan of more 2D adventure games, as let’s face it, I’ve always enjoyed platforming over pointing and clicking.
I’ve also been rediscovering PC gaming recently and finally got around to some co-op Iron Brigade. Blowing up TV’s is fun, even better when your character is chomping on a cigar while doing it. However, the best explosions of the weekend belong to Josh and I adventures in the sky in War Thunder. A free-to-play WWII airplane fighter game with just enough realism to the physics to make wrecking into the environment as fun as shooting down the Luftwaffe. Bring a wingman or two though, because nobody is going to believe tales of dogfighting glory unless they see it for themselves.
Have Some News
- Atari may not really be Atari, but it is bankrupt.
- Dead Space 3 is published by EA and therefore has microtransactions.
- Nintendo shows some carrots and announces new projects, Wind Waker HD, and Wii U Virtual Console details.
- The Cave creator, Ron Gilbert says, “Adventure games are meant to be savored like a fine meal, not eaten like junk food.”
- THQ bankruptcy auction finds new homes for developers and franchises…
- …sadly Vigil and Darksiders was not included and top designer says goodbye.
- Dragon’s Dogma expansion coming to North America on April 23.
- Hey, our site just got a design overhaul. Excuse the mess, let us know if you run across any bugs as this is a work in progress, but your mobile device of choice should be a much bigger fan in the mean time. February’s goal = faster load times.
- The Cursed Checkpoint returns as the Moses Bros defend their iOS gaming. Maybe we should take it easy on them?
- Triple dose of game coverage in video form – DmC, Giana Sisters, Metal Gear Rising
- The Horrible Show Live Tuesday at 7:30pm EST on Twitch.tv/HorribleNight with live gaming after the show. Also, did you know that we’ve started posting new episodes of our podcasts on YouTube?
- The Best of Horrible Night 2012 - Still working on this behind the scenes.
Have Some Culture
- Free Ghostbusters game on iOS.
- THQ pours one out for the homies.
- Real-life Smash Bros.
- Magical Game Time Vol 1 – some of my favorite video game artwork.
- Drinking Games for Nintendo Land.
I leave you with this creepy shot of a chocobo sculpture: